Our RE curriculum follows a coherent programme of study that enables progress through ordered and sequential learning, developing both knowledge and skills. It enquires into religions and worldviews through theology, philosophy and the human and the social sciences, nurturing pupils’ passion and curiosity for life-long learning.
Through our RE curriculum, we aim for our children to understand Christianity as a diverse, global, living faith through the exploration of core beliefs and critically engaging with biblical texts.
Central to Religious Education is the study of Christianity as a living and diverse faith, focused on the teaching of Jesus and the Church. RE lessons provide learners with knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religious traditions and beliefs represented in Great Britain. RE lessons also provide our pupils with knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews and to encourage them to appreciate diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied. In order to recognise the concept of religion, its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places, pupils will engage with – and be encouraged to raise their own – challenging questions of meaning and purpose.
As well as being given opportunities to explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking, we aim to provide our pupils with a love of faith, which will weave throughout our religious curriculum. Our pupils will have a kind and caring attitude towards all faiths and understand what it means to belong to a C of E school. They will understand that God is with them always but they will use their gifts to persevere in their religious education in order to develop confident religious literacy.
They will use their sense of belonging to improve their knowledge of biblical scriptures, different faiths and learn what it means to be a good Christian with strong Christian values. In addition, our RE curriculum will also contribute to British values and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils at Woodseaves Primary School.
Learning activities in RE lessons provide fully for the needs of all pupils regardless of ability, race, gender or faith. Through our RE curriculum, pupils at Woodseaves will develop a wide range of skills including enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection.
RE is planned in accordance with the Lichfield Diocese Board of Education Guidance (2017). Lessons are taught weekly and are planned to incorporate the Understanding Christianity scheme and the LDBE scheme. The curriculum covers: Christianity, Islam and Sikhism and fosters pupils’ inquisitive nature. RE lessons explore key concepts and questions, with each unit begins with ‘The Big Question’ to encourage pupils to reflect and ask questions of their own to help drive their learning forward. This ‘Big Question’ is referred to regularly during lessons to enable pupils to see how their learning and understanding is progressing throughout each topic. Engaging topic front covers are also used to ensure pupils are clear of the key knowledge and skills, which are covered during each unit. Pupils use these to revisit prior knowledge and to have an understanding of where they are in the sequence of learning. Our knowledge and skills progression shows staff how to move the learning forward for each key area of RE to ensure that pupils’ are building on key skills thus allowing them to further their knowledge and understanding.
Children participate in daily collective Worship, in order to reflect and grow spiritually within the school day. Our R.E curriculum fosters a passion, curiosity and a love of learning. Children will apply the characteristics they learn through R.E, Worship and PSHE so that they flourish as positive citizens, taking personal responsibility for their health and preparation for adulthood.
The impact for pupils at the end of their education at Woodseaves Primary School are that they are able to:
Think theologically and explore ultimate questions
Reflect critically on the truth claims of Christian belief
Develop the skills to analyse, interpret and apply the Bible text
Recognise that faith is a particular way of understanding and responding to God and the world
Analyse and explain the varied nature and traditions of the Christian community
Make a well informed response to Christianity
Respect those of all faiths in their search for God
Reflect critically on areas of shared belief and practice between different faiths
Enrich and expand their understanding of truth
Reflect critically and express their views on the human quest and destiny
Children will leave Woodseaves well prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person that they meet.